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Curtis H Short

Freelance Small Business Operations Consultant
United States
Toptal Member Since June 5, 2023

Curt has 30+ years of experience spanning large, mid-size, and small companies—private equity and public, for-profit, and not-for-profit (NFP)—specializing in process improvement. He has successfully led three sell-side M&A transactions and negotiated and implemented a 3-party transitional services agreement. Curt is a CPA with an MBA who loves learning new businesses and looks forward to driving client business success, leveraging his extensive background.

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Karen Mildenhall

Freelance Small Business Operations Consultant
United States
Toptal Member Since June 6, 2022

Karen is a Fortune 500 transformative corporate executive with over 20 years of expertise leveraging the connection between strategy, risk, operations, people, customers, communications, and P&L management while leading and advising senior leaders on large-scale strategic and operational change. She established a track record of collaboratively leading globally diverse teams to create groundbreaking change in over a dozen industries. She has a dozen business turnrounds in her career.

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Barbara Close

Freelance Small Business Operations Consultant
United States
Toptal Member Since August 4, 2022

As a former KPMG and PwC consultant and Fortune 1000 executive, Barbara has collaborated with CXOs in diverse industries for 20+ years. She has diversified industry expertise across consumer and industrial products and services, manufacturing, logistics, eCommerce, retail, and technology, which gives her a multi-dimensional approach to problem-solving. Functionally, her work has spanned core operations and front- and back-office processes. Barbara is a mechanical engineer and Kellogg MBA.

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Lori Moser

Freelance Small Business Operations Consultant
United States
Toptal Member Since February 25, 2022

Lori is an experienced finance expert who led and managed entire M&A processes for acquisitions, divestitures, and carve-outs. Specializing in strategy development, targets identification, market research, financial plan preparation and valuation, due diligence, LOI negotiation and agreement, and plan execution, Lori has worked at a Fortune 500 business, a startup, and an investment bank, dealing with SaaS, manufacturing, consumer products, and industrial automation.

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Paul Miller

Freelance Small Business Operations Consultant
United States
Toptal Member Since August 10, 2022

Paul led products that you have used; cashback on the card at point-of-sale (product owner at VISA International) and most services on your American Express Card (product director, developer, and manager). He offers over 25 years of omnichannel marketing, product management, operations, and analytics - often IT-focused. Paul delights in working for thought-provoking clients in starting, growing, and renewing their businesses and profits.

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Niloufer Afzal, MBA, CM

Freelance Small Business Operations Consultant
Canada
Toptal Member Since May 4, 2022

A growth strategy expert with tier 1 companies, Niloufer led the transformation of a $300 million pet business that was acquired for two times EBITDA. Her areas of expertise are strategic planning, innovation, customer strategy, and eCommerce transformation. She is an award-winning architect of iconic brands across North America, Europe, and Asia; J.M. Smucker, Reckitt, Philips, Kraft-Heinz, McCain, GSK, Tetra Pak, and Mars. Nilo joined Toptal to help organizations unlock and accelerate growth.

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Sebastian Lorenz

Freelance Small Business Operations Consultant
Germany
Toptal Member Since October 18, 2023

Sebastian is a seasoned company builder who brings a successful track record of over 10 years of experience in the field. He combines a deep expertise in process optimization, scaling, and sales strategy with a continuous learning ethos. Known for unparalleled management acumen, Sebastian thrives in identifying bottlenecks, refining systems, and pioneering sales tactics. His talent lies in steering complex projects, optimizing performance, and fostering professional engagements.

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Tatiana Banadyk

Freelance Small Business Operations Consultant
Poland
Toptal Member Since May 26, 2022

With an engineering and quality management background, Tatiana is an expert in operational and quality management, change management, and Lean manufacturing. Her portfolio includes over 50 consulting projects in various industries. She succeeded in developing effective teams for processes optimisation, digitalization, continuous improvement and problem solving. Tatiana considers freelancing an excellent opportunity to work on the most interesting projects.

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Iain MacKinnon

Freelance Small Business Operations Consultant
United Kingdom
Toptal Member Since April 1, 2022

Iain is an accomplished professional with substantial international experience specializing in forecasting, debt issuance, capital and liquidity management, tax strategy, and processes and controls improvement. With a reputation for being excellent at communicating with C-suite management and working collaboratively and creatively with all stakeholders, Iain brings significant experience in developing business plans with credible earnings, balance sheets, liquidity, and tax analysis.

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Matt Murphy

Freelance Small Business Operations Consultant
United States
Toptal Member Since March 1, 2022

Matt is a PE partner and management consultant. As an experienced advisor, he has partnered with executives, boards, teams, and investors to build and grow businesses for 15+ years. Matt has deep expertise in creating value through strategy, organic growth, acquisitions, market expansion, organization building, and cost management. His broad industry experience includes financial services, technology and business services, food manufacturing, commercial real estate, and consumer services.

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Simone Girardeau

Freelance Small Business Operations Consultant
Canada
Toptal Member Since June 15, 2023

Simone has 10+ years of expertise in strategy consulting, private equity, venture capital (VC) backed businesses, and entrepreneurship. As a freelance, she has vast experience in strategic projects for VC and private equity (PE) backed companies, fundraising, and supporting earlier-stage businesses. A strategic problem solver, she enjoys providing structure to solve complex challenges. Simone quickly grasps the broader perspective, understands practical limitations, and executes for impact.

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Erik has been an extremely valuable member of our team who has tremendous breath of experience with start ups in our lifecycle phase. What makes his contribution unique and highly effective is not only his excellent financial modeling skills and knowledge, but also the emotional intelligence with which he manages each relationship at Vault, understands our team dynamics, and helps us tackle start up challenges effectively. It is rare to find a part-time consultant who makes you feel like he/she is genuinely invested in the success of your company.

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Chris was great to work with and was always available on my schedule. His communication skills and personality were a 10/10. His outputs on the project were top notch and allowed us to develop more efficient forecasting and initiative prioritization frameworks. I would definitely use Chris again.

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What really sets Toptal apart is the caliber of finance talent available in their network. I had a very specific and pressing need, and Toptal quickly matched me with the perfect person for the job. The expert produced a thoughtful and robust financial analysis that has ultimately allowed us to forecast and prioritize initiatives much more efficiently.

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Within days, we'll introduce you to the right Small Business Operations Consultant for your project. Average time to match is under 24 hours.
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Work with your new Small Business Operations Consultant for a trial period (pay only if satisfied), ensuring they're the right fit before starting the engagement.

FAQs

  • How are Toptal Small Business Operations Consultants different?

    At Toptal, we thoroughly screen our Small Business Operations Consultants to ensure we only match you with talent of the highest caliber. Of the more than 200,000 people who apply to join the Toptal network each year, fewer than 3% make the cut. You’ll work with finance experts (never generalized recruiters or HR reps) to understand your goals, technical needs, and team dynamics. The end result: expert vetted talent from our network, custom matched to fit your business needs.

  • Can I hire Small Business Operations Consultants in less than 48 hours through Toptal?

    Depending on availability and how fast you can progress, you could start working with a Small Business Operations Consultant within 48 hours of signing up.

  • What is the no-risk trial period for Toptal Small Business Operations Consultants?

    We make sure that each engagement between you and your Small Business Operations Consultant begins with a trial period of up to two weeks. This means that you have time to confirm the engagement will be successful. If you’re completely satisfied with the results, we’ll bill you for the time and continue the engagement for as long as you’d like. If you’re not completely satisfied, you won’t be billed. From there, we can either part ways, or we can provide you with another expert who may be a better fit and with whom we will begin a second, no-risk trial.

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    Trusted Experts Only

    All of our talent are seasoned experts who ramp up quickly, readily contribute as core team members, and work with you to minimize onboarding time.

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    The Right Fit

    We have a knack for matching you with the right fit. Start working with your new hire on a no-risk trial period, paying only if satisfied.

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    Scale as Needed

    Hire talent within 48 hours and scale your team up or down as needed, no strings attached.

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    We handle all aspects of billing, payments, and NDA’s. Let us take care of the overhead while you focus on building great products.

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    Flexible Engagements

    Choose the engagement type that suits your needs — hourly, part-time, or full-time — with the ability to change anytime.

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    Focus on your project and enjoy support from your dedicated account executive and expert talent matcher.

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